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 Monday, February 11th 2013

(4:00pm) Duxbury home off of Rt 3A



(3:30pm) Strong winds take skylight off of Duxbury Middle School cafeteria.

Hidden blue tarp now replaces skylight.


Sunday, February 10th 2013

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(6:00 pm) – TWEET FROM Marshfield Emergency Operations – Please see the attached list of open gas stations submitted by MEMA.not sure how current it — Lt. Paul Taber (@MarshfieldEOC) February 10, 2013

(5:00 pm) - New updates today on the Operation Stormwatch and Advisories page

(4:30pm) – More weather expected Monday – From our team of meteorologists A ridge of high pressure banked across the eastern seaboard this morning will provide bright sunshine and seasonable temperatures today. A warm front taking shape in the Ohio Valley will push toward the region on Monday, bringing in cloudy skies with some precipitation. Look for a little sleet and freezing rain across the interior Monday morning, followed by a change to rain by afternoon. The coastal plain should primarily see the precipitation fall in the form of rain. Tuesday will feature lots of clouds followed by a stretch of sunshine and seasonably cold weather for the middle of the week.


(2:50pm) - Massachustts: Some trains, buses running again in Boston

(2:50pm) – Northeast: 310,000 still without power after historic storm

(11:00am) - Plymouth: Pilgrim nuclear plant restores power after storm

(10:00am) – Plymouth: Governor Patrick visits South Shore in wake of historic blizzard


Saturday, February 9th 2013

(11:30 am) – Extensive Outages — NATIONAL GRID: More than 62,000  customers without power in Plymouth County.  NSTAR:  %97 percent without power in Carver, %87 percent in Bourne, %91 percent in Duxbury, %87 percent in Kingston, %93 percent in Marshfield, %99 percent in Mattapoisett, %95 percent in Plymouth, %97 percent in Plympton, %90 percent in Scituate, %95 percent in Wareham,


Friday, February 8th 2013

(12:15 p.m.) The Pilgrim nuclear power plant experienced an automatic shutdown at 9:18 p.m. Friday night due to a loss of off-site power resulting from the storm. The plant subsequently declared an Unusual Event — the lowest of four levels of emergency classification — at about 10 p.m. There were no complications as the reactor was shutting down. Backup emergency diesel generators are providing power to safety systems. Officials will be monitoring the cooldown of the reactor and efforts to restore off-site power. Work to repair a safety relief valve that has been problematic and caused the plant to operate at reduced power will likely take place while Pilgrim is off-line.

(11:30 p.m.) NSTAR reports power outages for customers served in: 97% of Carver, 97% of Plympton, 91% of Scituate, 91% of Plymouth, 83% of Kingston, 73% of Duxbury, and 69% of Marshfield.

National Grid is reporting outages for customers served in: 87% of Pembroke, 73% of Scituate, 64% of Whitman, 64% of Bridgewater, 52% of Hanson, 36% of Brockton, 35% of East Bridgewater, 34% of Hanover, 29% of Halifax, 25% of Norwell, 10% of West Bridgewater, 1% of Hingham, and <1% of Rockland.

(11:13 p.m.) Reports in Duxbury of: A fire engine on scene of an incident has a tree fall through it’s windshield.

 Reports of a Tree landing on a house on Parting Rock Road in Duxbury.

 Reports of falling debris striking a Police Officer officer, ambulance transporting him to Jordan Hospital.

(10:30 p.m.) NSTAR reports power outages for customers served in: 96% of Carver, 90% of Scituate, 88% of Plymouth, 66% of Duxbury, 53% of Kingston, 45% of Plympton, and 25% of Marshfield.

National Grid is reporting outages for customers served in: 82% of Scituate, 78% of Norwell, 76% of Pembroke, 68% of Hanson, 65% of Whitman, 48% of Bridgewater, 26% of Halifax, 22% of Brockton, 22% of East Bridgewater, 7% of West Bridgewater, <1% of Hingham, and <1% of Rockland.

 (9:05 p.m.) NSTAR reports power outages for customers in 46% of Carver, 41% of Plymouth, 39% of Plympton, 29% of Kingston, 33% of Duxbury, 13% of Marshfield and 1% of Scituate.


(1:00 p.m.) City of Brockton declares state of emergency. No parking is allowed on either side of any public way. The James J. Adams Parking Garage, located at the corner of Main and Crescent Streets, will be open for drivers to park their vehicles, free of charge, as of noon Friday but vehicles must be removed by 8a.m. Monday.

(12:45 p.m.) Governor Deval Patrick declares a state of emergency for Massachusetts

(10:55 a.m.) Boston Archdiocese releases statement about Sunday Mass

(10:49 a.m.) Airlines give up on flying into and out of Boston and New York airports

(8:24 a.m.) The Town of Rockland declares a state of emergency. Town Administrator Allan Chiocca says the emergency extends through Sunday evening. All non-public safety facilities, (including schools, library, transfer station, and town hall), will be closed until Monday morning at the earliest. On-street parking ban remains in effect all day and night–vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense.

Thursday, February 7th 2013

(6:44  p.m.) Storm Watch: Amtrak cuts service in region before storm arrives – Amtrak says it’s suspending service in New York and New England before a major snow storm hits the region

(4:30 pm)- Notice From Scituate Town Officials: It is highly recommended that immediate coastal areas prone to flooding be evacuated. Central Avenue north of Newport Street in Humarock is expected to be impassable after 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Residents are advised that police, fire, and emergency personnel will not be able to travel safely in this area.

The Town will open its shelter at Scituate High School on Friday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. for residents and their pets.

Scituate Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Friday, February 8. All Town Offices and the Library will be closed at noon on Friday and all day on Saturday. The transfer station will be open till noon on Friday and closed on Saturday but will reopen on Sunday morning.

The Building Inspector urges oceanfront residents to install storm shutters over ocean facing windows and doors well in advance of the high winds that are predicted for the upcoming blizzard. The Board of Health advised residents to put t heir “Map Your Neighborhood” signs in windows.

The Scituate Highway Department advises that from Friday, February 8, at 2:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 9, at 4:00 p.m. they will be performing emergency snow removal and street clearing operations. Motorists are strongly advised to remain off the streets during these hours. Vehicles parked on public streets are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense. Parking on public ways will be prohibited after 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 8 until further notice.

The Town will permit parking from noon on Friday to Sunday at noon at Widow’s Walk parking lot and the school parking lots. Vehicles remaining after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10 will be subject to ticketing.

Power outages are expected to be long in duration as powerful winds and excessive flooding will prevent restoration to wires. National Grid is at a Level 5, its highest alert and power outages are expected to last a minimum of 72 hours. Beware of downed wires and expect that they are live. Individuals that have homes that rely on electricity for heat and leave should keep water running to preserve pipes.

(3:30 pm)- Mass: Storm heading for the Northeast is already disrupting air travel.

(3:30 pm)- The major utilities in Massachusetts say they are fully prepared for this weekend’s anticipated blizzard.

(3:00 pm)-Parking Ban in Downtown Plymouth in Anticipation of snow event

(3:00 pm)- Hanover declares snow emergency

(11:30 am)- Marshfield: Town announces The Marshfield Town Hall will close at noon tomorrow to allow staff to be off the roadways by 1PM.

(9:30 am)- South Shore: Likely blizzard to impact region Friday night and Saturday – New England Weather Story A ridge of polar high pressure is building across New England Thursday morning. However, all eyes are turning to a pair of storm systems.

(8:30 am)- Winter Storm with Coastal Impacts: Watch for storm driven waves and tidal surge, especially Saturday near the 10AM HIGH TIDE. The Saturday 10AM HIGH TIDE of 11.5 feet looks to add some 2.0 feet of surge with higher waves before the NE wind backs into the NW later in the day. The developing Nor’easter has the potential to bring damaging winds, gusting to near hurricane force. Based on the storm’s track and intensity we should expect some beach erosion and coastal flooding with the Friday Evening 9:45PM HIGH TIDE, followed by moderate to major coastal flooding and inundation Saturday. -Meteorologist Rob Gilman

(6:30 am)Meteorologist Rob Gilman talks with WATD Anchor Christine James as the South Shore prepares for the threat of a blizzard into the weekend.

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

(4:30 pm)-New England: Skiers, snowmobilers eager for Northeast snow – A midwinter storm headed to the Northeast U.S. on Friday could drop more than a foot of snow, setting up a weekend of skiing, sledding and snowmobiling in places that have been stuck with bare ground for much of the season.

(4:00pm) – From Meteorologist Rob Gilman and our weather team – A graphic here from our team shows the potential for significant snow fall Friday and Saturday.

(3:30pm) – From WATD Social Media Desk –  Please follow updates on WATD’s Twitter Account,  on our WATD Facebook page, or visit Twitter Central on our website.  Twitter Central includes links and feeds from WATD Reporters and staff members, Massachusetts State Agencies, South Shore Emergency Management Agencies and United States Federal Agencies.

(3:15pm)- From Meteorologist Rob Gilman and our weather team -  High pressure builds in Thursday, which will represent the calm before the next storm which is currently taking shape over the Rocky Mountains. The storm begins rapidly intensifying Friday morning off the North Carolina coast, then off Nantucket by Friday evening, producing a plow-able snowfall event. Snow is likely to begin early Friday morning and last through the morning hours Saturday before finally heading out to sea. Arctic high pressure settles in behind, leading to a cold and clear day on Sunday. Expect a far milder storm with melting conditions for early next week. Follow all the developments of the storm on the radio (95.9 WATD FM), and on our local weather page,

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